News 13th April 2015

Former Singapore player jailed for match-fixing

On 9 April, Thana Segar S Sinnaiah (Thana Segar) – a former Singapore football team player – was jailed for two years on charges connected to his attempt to fix a football game. Thana Segar was jailed for corruption and immigration offences, but had earlier pleaded guilty to an attempt to bribe a referee; attempts to cheat the Singapore Pools; and failure to present a passport when fleeing the country.

‘Thana Segar was first charged on 24 May 2012 for one count of engaging with Shokri in a conspiracy to corruptly agreeing to receive a gratification to fix a Malaysian Super League match between the Lions XII and Sarawak FA [pictured]’, read a statement from Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). ‘While out on bail, Thana Segar absconded and failed to turn up for the pre-trial conference on 7 August 2012. In August 2014, Thana Segar was apprehended with the assistance of the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission.’

Thana Segar was charged with one count of ‘abatement by conspiracy’ with Selvarajan S/O Letchuman (Selvarajan) to give RM15,000 (€3,800) to referee Shokri Bin Nor to fix the Malaysian Super League match between Lions XII and Sarawak FA on 22 May 2012. All three were arrested before the match kicked off. It is understood that Selvarajan is a project manager who met Thana Segar through mutual friends in 1997. Thana Segar and Shokri are understood to be from the same home town.

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